Films

WEIMAR EXPRESS
2023
| 76 '
| Documentary
In October 1941, Joseph Goebbels invited thirty-seven European writers to a month-long seminar—his plan was to create a European Writers’…
Screening: 14.12.2023 14:00
VASSIL ARNAUDOV – WORLD CONDUCTOR
2023
| 47 '
| Documentary
The film is dedicated to Prof. Vasil Arnaudov, the world-famous Bulgarian conductor, long-time leader of the Lyubomir Pipkov Sofia Chamber…
Screening: 14.12.2023 14:00
MORALITY IS GOODNESS
2022
| 82 '
| Documentary
| Debut
‘Morality Is Goodness’ follows Prof. Christian Takov’s life journey against the background of the historical events of the latest decades…
Screening: 14.12.2023 16:00
100 YEARS FLYING OVER THE STONES
2022
| 35 '
| Documentary
A vision roams the cobblestones of Old Plovdiv… It comes to life in people’s memories… As the old belief has…
Screening: 14.12.2023 18:00
TRACE
2022
| 6.42 '
| Animation
А young writer dedicates his nights to hunting down tangled phrases with his pen. The moment he is confronted with…
Screening: 15.12.2023 12:00
FLORENTINE NIGHT
2022
| 77 '
| Animation
The film explores the theme of love and its manifestations, which are sometimes strange and inexplicable. Maximilian tells the ailing…
Screening: 15.12.2023 12:00
JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS
2023
| 81 '
| Documentary
An honest and multifaceted portrait of this so complex, rational and irrational, intellectual and emotional act of the human being—forgiveness.…
Screening: 15.12.2023 14:00
IN-BETWEEN
2022
| 10 '
| Documentary
‘In-between’ is a poetic reflection on the subject of belonging. Bistra Okereke is a poetess and actress of Nigerian and…
Screening: 15.12.2023 15:00
UMBILICAL CORD
2022
| 81 '
| Documentary
| Debut
The wisdom of a life in symbiosis with nature, through the prism of natural agriculture. BORIS POPHRISTOV is a software…
Screening: 15.12.2023 15:00
BENEVOLENCE
2022
| 20 '
| Documentary
Galib is a descendant of musicians from an Alevi village. When the last dede in the community dies, the villagers…
Screening: 15.12.2023 15:00
THE TIN SOLDIER
2023
| 90 '
| Documentary
There are people who change the way of thinking of entire generations. They could be philosophers. They could also be…
Screening: 15.12.2023 16:00
AŞK
2022
| 20 '
| Documentary
Jemal is a musician and saz player. He became seriously ill nineteen years ago, and the doctors are now telling…
Screening: 15.12.2023 17:00
THE GHOST OF SCHEHERAZADE
2023
| 65 '
| Documentary
| Debut
A modern documentary tale weaving the exciting stories of talented Arab artists—migrants and refugees—forced to find new homes and who…
Screening: 15.12.2023 17:00
BEAR
2023
| 25 '
| Documentary
| Debut
A debut documentary film about a lost bear, the product of two years of fieldwork with bears; the portrayal of…
Screening: 15.12.2023 17:00
PREVALA
2022
| 60 '
| Documentary
A film about the dignified people of the village of Prevala in north-western Bulgaria, who do not bow down to…
Screening: 15.12.2023 18:00
COMMITMENT
2023
| 70 '
| Documentary
Commitment, a sculptural work by Nikola Stanchev created during the pandemic, turns into а point of intersection between the heroic…
Screening: 15.12.2023 18:00
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
2022
| 78 '
| Documentary
A film about one of the pioneers of cinematography in Bulgaria: Georgi Karayordanov introduced to the world of cinema some…
Screening: 15.12.2023 19:00
SOUL BEYOND MEASURE
2023
| 109 '
| Documentary
| Debut
What attracts people from the richest countries in the world to a small and poor Eastern European country? What do…
Screening: 15.12.2023 20:30
THEODORE USHEV: UNSEEN CONNECTIONS
2022
| 78 '
| Documentary
The world-famous animation and visual artist, Theodore Ushev, travels through time and space—from the iconic 1968, the year he was…
Screening: 16.12.2023 12:00
THE ARTIST
2022
| 17 '
| Animation
A little boy with an exceptional gymnastic talent is taken on by an impresario who, after years of effort, turns…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
WAR
2022
| 6.30 '
| Animation
A little girl named WAR, with supernatural abilities, is growing up isolated in a foster home. Flowers wither, trees dry…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
FINDING HOME
2022
| 6.40 '
| Animation
Antônia Jardênia da Silva’s personal story as a climate refugee from Brazil, forced to leave her native village for the…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
THE ARTIST’S DAUGHTER
2023
| 12 '
| Animation
Ironic: a grotesque story about a father and his daughter who first die, then mysteriously revive, and the apparent drama…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
DEPERSONALISATION
2023
| 7 '
| Animation
| Debut
As globalisation progresses, life accelerates and a loss of identity unconsciously occurs. The urge to absorb the rising tide of…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
REFLECTIONS
2023
| 7 '
| Animation
Who am I? This is one of the fundamental questions that torment human beings. ‘Reflections’ is a film about man’s…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
FLYING
2023
| 7 '
| Animation
With the first breath it takes, an eaglet is placed in a hopeless no-win situation. The deal for its life…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
THREE BIRDS
2022
| 13.30 '
| Animation
Based on French Romantic and Symbolist poetry, the film tells the story of the artist’s spiritual experiences while absorbed in…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
FLIP
2023
| 6.41 '
| Animation
Somewhere there, through the lonely avenues and corridors of personal searches, questions and striving for self-fulfilment, lies the opportunity of…
Screening: 16.12.2023 14:00
MIRON AND HIS FAMILY
2023
| 23 '
| Animation
Four-year-old Miron is a silent observer of the daily routine, dreams and fears of his family after they left Ukraine.…
Screening: 16.12.2023 15:00
INVISIBLE VICTIMS
2023
| 27 '
| Documentary
‘Invisible Victims’, a documentary presenting the personal stories of children who began using drugs as early as the age of…
Screening: 16.12.2023 15:00
WHERE THEY BREATHE FEAR
2023
| 24 '
| Documentary
The film is a story about the lives of people in the depopulated areas of Bulgaria, where the police and…
Screening: 16.12.2023 15:00
BORDERS
2023
| 27 '
| Documentary
In May 2023, journalist Maria Plachkova and cameraman Hristo Zlatkov were in Ukraine along with representatives of an organisation that…
Screening: 16.12.2023 15:00
DIRECT TARGET – BULGARIA
2023
| 68 '
| Animation
The documentary follows the aerial struggle to protect the sovereignty of the Bulgarian sky and land in the period from…
Screening: 16.12.2023 16:00
DEAFENING SILENCE
2023
| 53 '
| Documentary
‘Deafening Silence’ is a film about life, about the fact that it is worth living, despite the difficult times of…
Screening: 16.12.2023 16:00
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS: PART I
2009
| 55 '
| Documentary
On 26 August 1990, the Headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party was set on fire. For fifteen years, the arson…
Screening: 16.12.2023 17:00
THE SAVIOUR
2023
| 120 '
| Animation
The film tells the story of Colonel Tsvetan Mumdziev and his actions in saving thousands of Bulgarian Jews, but also…
Screening: 16.12.2023 18:00
1200 PAGES OF PAIN
2022
| 61 '
| Documentary
A film portrait of Stefan Marinov, a unique Bulgarian, avid experimenter, writer, physicist and dissident, remarkable iconoclast, who also had…
Screening: 16.12.2023 19:00
HERO OF OUR TIME
2022
| 60 '
| Documentary
Georgi is a builder in a village. He is honest and direct. His values and moral fibre are at odds…
Screening: 16.12.2023 20:30
INTERIOR
2022
| 8 '
| Animation
A film about the memories of an elderly woman, shadows from the past, part of the family album. A snippet…
Screening: 17.12.2023 12:00
NEST
2023
| 7 '
| Animation
This is a metaphoric story about the life of a snail whose dream is to fly! Our dreams and wishes…
Screening: 17.12.2023 12:00
OBLIVION
2022
| 30 '
| Documentary
A film about the bravery and self-sacrifice of a young doctor—an example to the living and reflection for the surviving.…
Screening: 17.12.2023 12:00
GEORGI GOSPODINOV IN THE SHELTER OF TIME
2023
| 55 '
| Documentary
‘Georgi Gospodinov in the Shelter of Time’, a film about the first Bulgarian winner of the International Booker Prize (2023),…
Screening: 17.12.2023 12:00
A BOAT IN THE RAIN
2023
| 9.51 '
| Animation
A Woman and a Man are going through a break-up. Left alone, he remembers their dance of love. With a…
Screening: 17.12.2023 14:00
TO PUT IT MILDLY
2022
| 73 '
| Animation
A group of animated characters, as in a Shakespearean theatre, spilling jokes and experiencing adventures, will lead little Svetlyo along…
Screening: 17.12.2023 14:00
MIDNIGHT PERFORMANCE
2023
| 5 '
| Animation
A young magician is frantically getting ready for his next midnight performance along with the other participants: rabbits, a bear,…
Screening: 17.12.2023 14:00
CENTIPEDE
2022
| 7 '
| Animation
| Debut
A centipede is moving confidently and without cares towards the top of a rose bush—until the moment it starts to…
Screening: 17.12.2023 14:00
DOGUMENTARY
2023
| 29 '
| Documentary
As а little girl, Asya had always taken care of stray dogs at the Nadezhda shelter, where her mother used…
Screening: 17.12.2023 15:00
KOM–EMIDA
2023
| 49 '
| Documentary
‘Kom-EmiDA’ follows the adventures of a group of thirty-eight that completed the Kom–Emine high mountain trail in 2022. This, the…
Screening: 17.12.2023 15:00
IT MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT
2022
| 23 '
| Documentary
The film blends together the stories of natives of the Rhodopean town of Smolyan. Full of emotions, they reveal and…
Screening: 17.12.2023 15:00
KALATA
2023
| 67 '
| Documentary
How does a milkman’s son become an artistic phenomenon? He has no impressive figure or rich timbre. He does not…
Screening: 17.12.2023 16:00
MAN UNDER SURVEILLANCE
2022
| 60 '
| Documentary
‘Man Under Surveillance’ is the story of a man who gets the chance to read his personal files in the…
Screening: 17.12.2023 16:00
BINKA: TO TELL A STORY ABOUT SILENCE
2006
| 54 '
| Documentary
A film about Binka Zhelyazkova, the first female film director in Bulgaria, and her outstanding life in cinema. During her…
Screening: 17.12.2023 17:00
LULLABY
1982
| 60 '
| Documentary
Sleeping babies. Some are crying, others are startled by doors closing. The corridors and the stairs of the women’s prison…
Screening: 17.12.2023 17:00
ONCE UPON A TIME IN PARIS
2023
| 87 '
| Documentary
In the not-so-distant past, two young artistes went on their way, leaving Bulgaria in search of dreams to which they…
Screening: 17.12.2023 18:00
OCEANIA
2022
| 5 '
| Animation
A film about personality as a natural phenomenon and the individual’s instincts. The determination and fate of a fish out…
Screening: 17.12.2023 18:00
UPROOTED
2023
| 78 '
| Documentary
A family story with a dramatic plot, depicting important historical events whose outcome echoes loudly in the new millennium. The…
Screening: 17.12.2023 19:00
THE LAST SEAGULL
2023
| 72 '
| Documentary
Ivan, a stud struggling with his own crisis, jobless, mired in alcoholism, and surrounded by coarse women, is consumed by…
Screening: 17.12.2023 20:00
PAUL AND REMY
2022
| 27 '
| Documentary
| Debut
Paul and Remy met at a festival, and were soon to become a Romeo and Juliet amid the elite of…
Screening: 18.12.2023 14:00
OUR FOREIGN WAR
2023
| 90 '
| Documentary
Twenty years ago, we sent military Rangers—men, women, Christians, but also Muslims—to Iraq. Despite a bombing attack that killed five…
Screening: 18.12.2023 14:00
CORNUCOPIA
2022
| 7 '
| Animation
Driven by desideration, a man wanders about in constant search for and pursuit of a magical cornucopia—his greed dragging him…
Screening: 18.12.2023 14:00
GESHEV’S WEB
2023
| 54 '
| Documentary
The two-part documentary, ‘Geshev’s Web’ and ‘Geshev’s Riddle’, retraces the fate of Tsarist police officer Nikola Geshev, chief of the…
Screening: 18.12.2023 15:00
GESHEV’S RIDDLE
2023
| 53 '
| Documentary
The two-part documentary, ‘Geshev’s Web’ and ‘Geshev’s Riddle’, retraces the fate of Tsarist police officer Nikola Geshev, chief of the…
Screening: 18.12.2023 15:00
IRON BOYS
2023
| 54 '
| Documentary
Angel, Tsvetan, Albert, with their teams, are the last of the Iron Boys of romanticism. They restore and maintain the…
Screening: 18.12.2023 16:00
BULGARIAN MUSES
2023
| 59 '
| Documentary
Through the brightest examples in the history of Bulgarian poetry, the film explores the territory where the woman was the…
Screening: 18.12.2023 16:00
BEYOND SPORT
2022
| 40 '
| Documentary
‘Beyond Sport’ explores the manifestations of Olympism in mass sports practised by school-aged children. Beyond that, it touches on the…
Screening: 18.12.2023 17:00
SALTY PEOPLE
2022
| 27 '
| Documentary
A documentary showing the challenges to the conservation of Bulgaria’s Atanasovo Lake, one of the pivotal biodiversity hotspots in the…
Screening: 18.12.2023 17:00
THE THIRD BULLET
2023
| 30 '
| Documentary
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bloody assassination of Zoran Djindjić, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Serbia,…
Screening: 18.12.2023 17:00
BACILLUS BULGARICUS
2022
| 27 '
| Documentary
The film follows the life and work of Dr Stamen Grigorov, who discovered the bacterium. His family sent him to…
Screening: 18.12.2023 17:00
THE AVENGER
2023
| 77 '
| Documentary
Heroine, cold-blooded killer, wretched woman, obsessed follower of the Macedonian cause—diverse definitions of an almost unknown woman. Few facts and…
Screening: 18.12.2023 18:00
IN CALM WATERS
2023
| 5 '
| Animation
The merry, fun pastime of a little brother and his sister turns out to be serious mischief. VLADIMIR SHOMOV, a…
Screening: 18.12.2023 18:00
CINEMA EXTREMISTS
2023
| 73 '
| Documentary
Contact: +359 897 971 616, [email protected] ‘Cinema Extremists’ is about Bulgarian pioneers who paved the ‘thorny’ path of Bulgarian film.…
Screening: 18.12.2023 20:00
VAKLUSH
2023
| 100 '
| Documentary
Filmed between 1998 and 2022, ‘Vaklush’ is a documentary of unseen archival footage from the life of the famous spiritual…
Screening: 19.12.2023 14:00
MAESTRO MICHO DIMITROV – FLIGHT OF THE SENSES
2023
| 27 '
| Documentary
‘Maestro Micho Dimitrov—FLIGHT OF THE SENSES’ is a documentary about the virtuoso violinist and colourful bohemian who paints glimpses of…
Screening: 19.12.2023 15:00
PROFESSOR KRASTYO MIRSKI
2022
| 54 '
| Documentary
A one-hour documentary about the life and activities of Krastyo Mirski, one of the most prominent professors of the recent…
Screening: 19.12.2023 15:00
TREADMILL
2022
| 28 '
| Documentary
The film examines the fate of five people addicted to gambling, alcohol, food or drugs. The treadmill that makes a…
Screening: 19.12.2023 15:00
FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE
2023
| 54 '
| Documentary
An attempt to revive the taste for quality, in-depth and insightful Bulgarian documentary cinema. Expressing their respect for the doyen…
Screening: 19.12.2023 16:00
HALA
2023
| 63 '
| Documentary
MONIKA POPOVA is an idiosyncratic artiste, a professor at the New Bulgarian University, the mother of three daughters, and a…
Screening: 19.12.2023 16:00
POLLY
2023
| 68 '
| Documentary
The film depicts the life of a lonely beekeeper living in the abandoned village of Debeltsovo. Filmed over a period…
Screening: 19.12.2023 17:00
THOSE REMAINING: PICTURES FROM A WAR
2022
| 56 '
| Documentary
1994. Sarajevo is under siege. The Bosnian war is raging, reaching its climax. Vanja is three years old. Her father…
Screening: 19.12.2023 17:00
FLYING WITH FINS
2023
| 81 '
| Documentary
Paintings, performances, experiments, electronic music being played inside two ancient houses in a small Italian town, heated conversations about contemporary…
Screening: 19.12.2023 18:00
MAJOR THOMPSON – THE (UN)NECESSARY HERO
2023
| 55 '
| Documentary
Frank Thompson was sent to Bulgaria in 1944 to coordinate British intelligence and the Bulgarian partisans, but was captured and…
Screening: 19.12.2023 18:00
MY UNCLE LYUBEN
2023
| 78 '
| Documentary
Ray van Zeschau, the frontman of legendary German rock band FREUNDE DER ITALIENISCHEN OPER, arrives in Sofia to sell the…
Screening: 19.12.2023 19:15
CHISELLING WORLDS
2023
| 91 '
| Documentary
The Bible says, ‘In the beginning was the Word…’ Writer Vladimir Zarev states that the word is ‘the most sublime…
Screening: 19.12.2023 20:30
A PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL
2022
| 110 '
| Documentary
| Debut
With its unique access and touching personal stories, the film follows the daily routine of patients and medical practitioners in…
Screening: 20.12.2023 14:00
THE CARS WE DROVE TO CAPITALISM
2021
| 93 '
| Documentary
An unforgettable collection of characters from all around Europe stuck between their past and future, for whom their old ‘sotz’…
Screening: 20.12.2023 16:00
THE BALKAN WAR
1913
| 55 '
| Documentary
| Restoration
This authentic visual document was filmed by Alexander Zhekov at the battlefront during the military conflict of 1912–13. It is…
Screening: 20.12.2023 17:00
NO PLACE FOR YOU IN OUR TOWN
2022
| 81 '
| Documentary
| Debut
No Place for You in Our Town’ draws viewers in among the football gang in Pernik, the roughest city in…
Screening: 20.12.2023 18:00
BULGARIAN RUGBY GODS!
2023
| 166 '
| Documentary
A documentary about the game of rugby and its origins, development and key figures in Bulgaria. The story transcends the…
Screening: 20.12.2023 20:00